It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Zach Tries it on for Size

We have our juice – lots and lots of pee-producing liquids! We have our airplanes for potty play, and a teddy for company. We have a book. We have a co-operative kid, and Smarties to encourage co-operation.

What we don’t have yet is any pee.

But, I must say this again: we have a co-operative kid! So far, so good!

January 16, 2006 - Posted by | potty tales


  1. Yep, step 1, and perhaps the most important step, seems to be a co-operative kid.

    How cute is he?

    Comment by Andie D. | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  2. I’d pee for Smarties.

    I would do just about anything for Smarties, actually.

    Comment by Susan | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  3. Ah, Smarties! I miss Smarties… grandma usually send some for Christmas (we have different candies down here called Smarties… you call them Rockets)…

    How long did he sit there before he gave up???

    Comment by Angela | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  4. Where’s the Sports Illustrated? And I don’t see the inserts from the Sunday paper either.


    Comment by Matthew | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  5. Good luck! Let me tell you, the kid on the potty is the hardest part.

    Comment by AverageMom | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  6. Aww! You are a champ for doing this! 🙂

    Comment by jen-o-rama | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  7. Andie: This boy is SOOOOoooo cute. I wish I could post his face. He’s a darlin’, through and through.

    Susan: Well. And here I was thinking it took martinis, or at least margaritas. Wade’s a lucky man!

    Angela: Rockets?? They aren’t the same thing at all! Smarties are more like M&Ms, of course, but I like Smarties better. It’s a point of pride with me that I have not yet devoured Zach’s stash. Yet.

    Matthew: Sports Illustrated makes men pee? You learn something new every day…

    AverageMom: It’s true. If he doesn’t want to, ain’t nothin’ gonna happen!

    Jen: Come let me whisper in your ear and I’ll let you in on a wee secret: It’s way more significant to the moms and dads than it is to me. I’m always happy when it happens, of course, and I love to see the pride on their little faces, but I confess that a little of the wonder has gone out of it for me. Probably a few too many hours spent applauding a steaming heap of — ’nuff said!

    Comment by Mary P. | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  8. Yours are the Smarties I’m craving! My cousin and I got into a long discussion one day when he offered his son ‘rockets’ and I called them smarties… which then caused him to dig out his secret stash of the chocolate ones!!

    Comment by Angela | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  9. Umm, excuse my paranoia, but is teddy’s paw stuck in the potty? If so, I’m guessing he’s praying for no pee. 🙂

    Comment by chosha | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  10. How timely. We are currently playing the potty game with our youngest. He’s not getting it yet. So far it’s just us saying, “are you sure you don’t need to sit on the potty?” and then muttering “crap!” to ourselves 5 minutes later when we discover a puddle.

    And he doesn’t like candy (he’s weird, believe me, I know), so I’m afraid I’d have to bribe him with chicken nuggets or something equally as unappetizing (it would be unappetizing WITHOUT a potty association, but with one…well, it’s just too much for me).

    Comment by Kristen | January 16, 2006 | Reply

  11. Angela: How nice of him to share!

    Chosa: LOL Not to worry – The bear is safe. The arm of the bear that you see in the snap is the entire arm of that bear! It’s not disappearing under Zach’s wee bottom.

    Kristen: I generally keep them in diapers until they seem to have some notion of what’s going on. (This is not advice, just comparing methods.) And I never ask if they have to go potty; I cheerfully yodel, “Okay, time to try that potty again and see if any pee will come out!” (That might be advice…) 🙂

    The bribing – or motivating – doesn’t have to be edible, of course. It can be other tangibles like stickers or balloons; or entirely social: a story read to him while sitting, singing a song together, or simply lots of praise and attention.

    Chicken nuggets, huh? Oh, well…

    Comment by Mary P. | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  12. He is too cute!

    I am glad that things have finally clicked with Baby Girl. We actually had the first poo accident in about 3 months this morning and she had just gone. She was so upset with herself for doing it. That made me feel bad, but it is a good sign. She has been diaper free (except in bed) for about a month now, but you know how long it took to get her there!

    Comment by Misfit Hausfrau | January 17, 2006 | Reply

  13. He’s a cutie. When all else failed, we bribed Elcie with stickers. Immediate success including a dozen more potty trips than necessary.

    I learned that stickers do not peel off a wall however.

    Next kid got to paste the stickers in a scrapbook.

    Comment by Granny | January 18, 2006 | Reply

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